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By 2020, brain disease will overtake heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death and disability in Canada.

Affecting one in three Canadians—from early childhood to old age—brain dysfunction costs more than $30 billion annually and places enormous strain on affected individuals, their families, the health care system, and the economy. Understanding how a healthy brain works is essential to preventing and treating brain diseases, and both are essential to the health and well-being of British Columbians.

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health brings together experts in the fields of neuroscience, neurology, and psychiatry in a hub for training, research, and clinical care. The philosophy of the facility is to work with all facets of brain health because knowledge gained from treating and investigating one disease of the brain will advance our understanding of others. The facility will bring research closer to patients, providing British Columbians with better access to the best possible treatments.

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health represents a partnership between Vancouver Coastal Health and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. The centre was made possible with a generous donation from Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian as well as contributions from other philanthropists and leaders, as well as those of the federal and provincial governments.

A hub of scientific discovery focused on advancing patient care

A partnership of Vancouver Coastal Health and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health builds upon the successes and expertise of the Brain Research Centre by expanding complimentary programs of research and combining them within the same setting as advanced patient care. This integrated approach will mark the beginning of a new era of scientific discovery and will accelerate transforming new knowledge into practical solutions that save and lengthen lives and improve quality of life, helping to establish British Columbia as a world leader in brain health.

Made possible by a generous donation from noted philanthropist Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian, the six-storey, 155,000-square-foot Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health will be a modern, open-concept building with a large atrium that will facilitate collaboration among clinicians and scientists, creating a powerful synergy for the benefit of patients in British Columbia and around the world. It will house a state-of-the-art imaging suite, patient clinics, a brain and DNA bank, and laboratory space to further build research capacity in brain health.

Dr. Mowafaghian’s generosity leverages the contributions of other philanthropists and leaders, as well as those of the federal and provincial governments, and will allow us to improve the translation of research findings into care.

Training tomorrow’s health leaders

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health will not only make a difference in the lives of patients and their families now, but will continue to do so for years to come. In partnership with the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, the facility provides an unparalleled multi-disciplinary learning and training environment. Our students are able to use the most advanced diagnostics and treatment technologies, interact with world-leading researchers across a broad spectrum of disciplines, and gain valuable hands-on translational research experience. They will have unprecedented opportunities to participate in knowledge exchange, professional development, and community engagement activities. The facility will help us to better train the health leaders of tomorrow and to make a profound difference in people’s quality of life, throughout life.